When Two Feathers Fell from the Sky

When Two Feathers Fell from the Sky

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Louise Erdrich meets Karen Russell in this deliciously strange and daringly original novel from Pulitzer Prize finalist Margaret Verble: set in 1926 Nashville, it follows a death-defying young Cherokee horse-diver who, with her companions from the Glendale Park Zoo, must get to the bottom of a mystery that spans centuries. 
 

Two Feathers, a young Cherokee horse-diver on loan to Glendale Park Zoo from a Wild West show, is determined to find her own way in the world. Two’s closest friend at Glendale is Hank Crawford, who loves horses almost as much as she does. He is part of a high-achieving, land-owning Black family. Neither Two nor Hank fit easily into the highly segregated society of 1920s Nashville.

When disaster strikes during one of Two’s shows, strange things start to happen at the park. Vestiges of the ancient past begin to surface, apparitions appear, and then the hippo falls mysteriously ill. At the same time, Two dodges her unsettling, lurking admirer and bonds with Clive, Glendale’s zookeeper and a World War I veteran, who is haunted—literally—by horrific memories of war. To get to the bottom of it, an eclectic cast of park performers, employees, and even the wealthy stakeholders must come together, making When Two Feathers Fell from the Sky an unforgettable and irresistible tale of exotic animals, lingering spirits, and unexpected friendship.

Title:When Two Feathers Fell from the Sky
ISBN:9780358554837
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    When Two Feathers Fell from the Sky Reviews

  • Fran

    "Wild West shows had waned with the Great War and the movies...[the] Glendale Park and Zoo [provided] steady work while other streams of employment for vaudeville and Wild West performers continued dr...

  • Terry

    With this title, the bright yellow cover, the author being a Pulitzer Prize finalist, and a book description mentioning an eclectic set of characters and unexpected friendship, I knew I wanted to read...

  • Nancy

    Ochre and I fell from the sky into the underworld. from When Two Feathers Fell From the Sky by Margaret VerbleIn 1926, at the Glendale Park and Zoo in the state of Tennessee, a young Cherokee woman wa...

  • WhiskeyintheJar

    I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Horse diving was risky business. That's why people liked it ...

  • The Sassy Bookworm

    DNF @50%I really wanted to love this one. I mean, how eye-catching is that cover? Unfortunately, I ended up finding it slow, boring, and a slog to get through. 😞 I finally had to call it a day half...

  • mesal

    Thank you to NetGalley as well as Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for providing me with a free eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.The clever title coupled with an interesting premise drew me...

  • Michael Burke

    Once upon a time there was the magical Glendale Park Zoo in Nashville, Tennessee. The spirit of fantasy filled the air. It was the good old days, back in 1926, and families could flock to see exotic a...

  • Moonkiszt

    This was just the right read for me during the Thanksgiving holiday! Two Feathers is a sturdy, admirable heroine full of all the noble, honorable aspects balanced with justified imperfections that one...

  • Mallory

    This book had a lot of moving pieces and it was a historical fiction with a splash of mystery and the mystical mixed in. I really liked the original premise and characters. I found the story overall t...

  • smalltownbookmom

    I was sold when I heard this book was going to be about a Cherokee diving horse rider set in 1920s Nashville. Sadly however, I found this story very disjointed and rambly and I had a really difficult ...